In a move he characterized as “bittersweet,” Kevin Allran recently was hired as Marvin Ridge High School’s new athletics director. The rub for Allran, however, is that he must vacate his position as the Mavs’ softball coach, a post he’s held since the school opened in 2007.
“One of the conditions was that, since the AD at Marvin Ridge has too many other things to do, I wouldn’t coach,” said Allran, who led the Mavs to a 19-9 mark last spring.
Allran, who previously was an assistant athletics director and facility manager for Charlotte Latin School, said that while he will miss his coaching duties, “I have some other career goals that I want to move on and do.”
Allran said he is in the process of completing the licensing process needed to become an assistant principal.
Heather Carnes will replace Allran as the school’s softball coach. This past May, Carnes graduated from Virginia’s Averett University, where she was a three-time all-conference selection at first base and a two-year captain for the Cougars.
“We’re really excited about having her here,” said Allran.
Allran noted that he will miss the girls on his softball team, especially the rising seniors, whom he has coached since they were freshmen.
“Girls like Madison (Arroyo), Claudia (Spinelli), Peyton (Jordan) and Jessica Steele, I really wanted the opportunity to try to finish (their careers) out,” Allran said. “It just didn’t work out that way. I feel they’ll be primed and ready to finish out their senior years.”
As the new athletics director, Allran said he hopes to “make sure the image of Marvin Ridge is portrayed the way we want it to be portrayed.”
Marvin Ridge finished second last year to Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons in the Wells Fargo State Cup Class 3A competition, which recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall athletic performance among all sports within each of the state’s four competitive classifications. The Mavs also took top honors in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup for the Southern Carolina 3A/4A conference.
“There’s nothing broken that I need to fix,” Allran said. “What I want to do is continue to improve. I want to get us financially in a situation where we’re in good shape and we can get our coaches whatever they need.”